There they were able to sneak by fellow upstart Florida State, who also pulled off two upsets in Chicago to reach the Sweet 16, by a point in the Region Semifinals before they knocked off top-seed Kansas 71-61 to reach the Final Four in nearby Houston.
Duke and Syracuse met in Cameron Indoor Stadium on February 24, with the Blue Devils holding the Orange to 32 percent shooting in a 60-44 win.
West Virginia's full-court press and aggressive style of play could cause a team like Villanova fits, but if the Wildcats can get past West Virginia unscathed, the road to the Final Four becomes a lot easier. The Mountaineers will play top-seeded Villanova in the East semifinals, with second-seeded Purdue and third-seeded Texas Tech meeting in the other game.
No one expected Loyola-Chicago to make it this far, and not many expect this No. 11 seed to advance to the Elite 8.
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No.4 Gonzaga is the favorite in the West.
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Virginia wasn't the only No. 1 seed on the left side of the bracket to crash out of the tournament during opening weekend as No. 1 Xavier also fell victim to March Madness in a 75-70 loss to the Seminoles.
It's usually a safe bet to put money on Duke to make it through to the Sweet 16, but this year's team has been wildly inconsistent despite its talent.
The Wildcats (26-10) followed their run to the Southeastern Conference Tournament title by surviving an upset bid from Davidson then beating Buffalo - which had upset fourth-seeded Arizona.
For the first time in 136 tries, a goliath was taken down as No. 1 seeded Virginia fell to the "Golden" Retrievers from the University of Maryland, Baltimore County.
The other game features 7-seed Nevada (29-7), which tied the tournament's second-biggest comeback by rallying from 22 down to beat No. 2 seed Cincinnati. Another 13 seed defeated a No. 4 seed in a game in which we saw Marshall defeat Wichita State, which was a shocker.
The NCAA Tournament is all about unexpected results happening, and a week after the field was 68 was announced, United Kingdom finds itself in an unexpected situation. "Matchups are important. Making the plays, having the right mojo at the right time".